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  • From: "Mark Volkmann" <volkmann@inlink.com>
  • To: "Matt Sergeant" <matt@sergeant.org>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 15:22:27 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org>
To: Mark Volkmann <volkmann@inlink.com>
Cc: xml-dev <xml-dev@xml.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2000 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: control characters

> On Sat, 17 Jun 2000, Mark Volkmann wrote:
> > I've never seen a discussion of the reason why most ASCII control
> > characters, such as a form feed, are not allowed in XML documents. Can
> > anyone tell me the reason behind that decision or point me to a spec.
> > explains that?
> Two possible reasons:
> 1. They are unnecesary in XML - why have invisible codes when you can
> substitute <formfeed/> or <bell/>.

I agree. I should have been more specific. What I'd really like to do is
output formfeeds from an XSLT stylesheet when the output mode is text. Since
XSLT stylesheets are XML documents, I cannot do that.

> 2. They can be useful in streamed XML as a record separator

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